Speaker: Cheryl McGeachan (University of Glasgow)

This talk focuses on exploring the practice of geographical biography through attention to mental ill-health and creativity. Using the case study of the Art Extraordinary collection—a unique collection of Scottish “outsider art”—this talk will demonstrate the multiple “lived” practices and emotional terrains that encompass creating historical geographical biography. In doing so, I aim to consider new ways of “doing” and creating geographical biographies that challenge traditional archival practice and critically reflect upon future trajectories of participatory approaches in historical geography.


Cheryl McGeachan is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow. Her work centres on researching the lived experiences of mental ill-health in historical and contemporary contexts. She has worked in collaboration with a range of museums, collections, archives and community partners to develop stories of mental ill-health that are often overlooked and ignored.

IHR Seminar SeriesLondon Group of Historical Geographers